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ASSALAM O ALAIKUM!
My name is ZARTASHIA HUSSAIN. I am 30 years old. Recently i have come to know from one of the islamic websites that ZARTASHT was jamat of mushrikeen. As my name resembles a lot with the word ZARTASHT, though not exact the same but seems very close to it, so i am much worried about my present name. Is it crrect islamically or not?Should i change my name or let it remain the same? As i have also heard that it is preferable for the muslims to have islamic names as they have good meaning and thus have positive effect on our life. As my name resembles with that of mushrikeen(i had no knowledge of that before), i feel very bad that it has close resemblence with the people who were mushrik and enemies of islam. Is it preferable for me to change it? Please guide me in the light of Quran and Sunnah.JAZAKALLAH
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The name Zoroaster is associated with a 6th century BC religious figure from Persia who propagated the worship of ‘fire’, and his followers are known as Zoroastrian in English and Zartasht in Arabic or Urdu.
Because the name Zartasht is directly associated with a belief based on ‘shirk’ (polytheism), it would definitely neither befit nor be appropriate for a believer who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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